29 October 2018
Superb support for international students
Although we are known as the UK's European University our appeal is world-wide. With 157 different nationalities represented in our student body, and 40% of our teaching and research staff from outside the UK, Kent celebrates intellectual and cultural diversity. Our popularity is due to many factors, including our academic reputation, safe and friendly campuses at Canterbury and Medway, great locations and outstanding computing and study facilities. International students also benefit from our English language support, international students' welcome programme, excellent job opportunities, good student accommodation and a beautiful, multicultural environment.
We welcome applications from international students. The following information may answer any queries.
Qualifications and entry requirements
For admissions we consider all qualifications equivalent to the listed British qualifications. If English is not your first language, then we also typically require IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent. If you are in any doubt you should contact us so that we can discuss your individual case, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year in Industry is an industrial placement during the course of your studies that pays a salary. Most students undertake UK-based placements but there are opportunities to secure placements abroad too. Please see opportunities to work overseas for more information.
Real work experience
Computing programmes which are combined with a Year in Industry are open to all international students and, because it is an integral part of the degree course, a normal student visa will be sufficient to enable you to take up a placement.
All computing students, including international students, can choose to work for the KITC, which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region.
English language support
All international students at Kent have the opportunity to take up to two hours of free English lessons each week at our Centre for English and World Languages. The Centre also provides pre-sessional English courses and foundation courses that are specially designed to prepare international students for academic study.
International Foundation Programme (Computing G408)
This pre-degree year is designed for international students whose school qualifications are slightly below British A-level. The programme prepares international students for academic study. Upon successful completion it guarantees a place on a Computer Science programme at Kent. On entry students must typically have IELTS 5 or equivalent. This programme is run by the Centre for English and World Languages, which also provides continued support throughout your subsequent studies. Further information is available at the Centre for English and World Languages.back to top
English language support before you start
If your English language skills are insufficient to meet the entry requirements of your chosen postgraduate course then we can help. The University runs pre-sessional English language courses for international students. These take place during the summer period before the postgraduate courses begin.
English language support during your course
CEWL offers a range of English language modules for international students who are already registered at the University of Kent.
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